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Geopolitics

Somaliland Presidential Election Besieged by Well-Financed Islamists, Threatening Horn/Red Sea Stability

Jul 01, 2010 at 12:25 | Defense and Foreign Affairs

It is now apparent that moves forecast by GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs  by pan-Somalians and Islamists to undermine, overthrow, and discredit the Republic of Somaliland’s June 26, 2010, Presidential…

American Teenager Killed on the Gaza Flotilla for Holding a Camera

Jul 01, 2010 at 09:36 | John Daly

The death of a US citizen at the hands of Israeli forces who conducted a lethal raid on a Gaza flotilla creates more questions than answers. Israel’s 31 May assault…

Riots Break out in Iraq Over Energy Shortages

Jun 30, 2010 at 08:36 | ISN Security Watch

The interim Iraqi government is reeling from riots and demonstrations that have erupted across the country to protest severe electricity shortages. Anger has been growing for weeks over the continued…

How Realistic Is a Change of US Policy Regarding Israel?

Jun 30, 2010 at 08:31 | Claude Salhani

Whoever said “it’s all about the economy, stupid,” got it only partially right. It is indeed all about the economy, or at least half of it is about the economy.…

Is Victory Achievable in Pakistan’s War on the Taliban

Jun 28, 2010 at 11:30 | ISN Security Watch

Although army security operations are under way in most of Pakistan’s tribal areas and some of have even been declared cleared of armed Taliban, there is no reason to believe…

Syrian Intelligence Involvement in the "Gaza Flotilla" Incident

Jun 28, 2010 at 06:23 | Defense and Foreign Affairs

GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs sources in Croatia confirmed on June 14, 2010, that a key Syrian intelligence officer had been onboard the Turkish ship, the Mavi Marmara, during its attempt…

Media Blamed for Fueling Violence in Southern Kyrgyzstan

Jun 26, 2010 at 09:21 | David Trilling

It has come to this: under pressure from the international community for its handing of the violence in southern Kyrgyzstan, the provisional government in Bishkek is blaming the media. Officials…

Strategic Consequences Likely from Overthrow of Australian Prime Minister Rudd in Run-Up to General Elections

Jun 25, 2010 at 11:48 | Defense and Foreign Affairs

The rapidly-emerging leadership challenge to Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd resulted, in the morning of June 24, 2010, in Mr Rudd refusing to contest the challenge from Deputy Prime Minister…

Kazakhstan Setting the Pace in Caspian Naval Race

Jun 25, 2010 at 08:38 | Joshua Kucera

It may not approach the scale of the great battleship race between Britain and Germany that preceded World War I, but a naval build-up is currently and quietly taking place…

China’s Position Over North Korea Exposes the Hypocrisy of Beijing’s Diplomacy

Jun 23, 2010 at 21:09 | Bonnie Glaser

Historians may well look back at the sinking of the South Korean corvette Cheonan in March 2010 as a turning point in China’s relations with Asia and the wider world.…

Defense and Security in the EU

Jun 23, 2010 at 08:26 | ISN Security Watch

As EU defense ministers prepare for formal meetings within the Foreign Affairs Council, the hope is that this will provide political impetus for the refinement and further development of the…

Notorious Private Military Company Blackwater up for Sale

Jun 22, 2010 at 20:14 | ISN Security Watch

Earlier this month, Xe Services, LLC, the latest re-branded name of the company that was once known as Blackwater Worldwide, announced that the company was up for sale. The announcement…

Iranian Leaders Clampdown on Social Media

Jun 21, 2010 at 23:45 | ISN Security Watch

One year ago, Iran's 'Twitter revolution' made headlines in the western media. Yet in Iran itself, no Twitter revolution was taking place at all. As several opposition members and bloggers…

The "Stans" - Investment Opportunities and Political Pitfalls

Jun 21, 2010 at 14:23 | Claude Salhani

The former Soviet Central Asian republics are at a precarious crossroad today between accomplishing monumental progress, like Kazakhstan, and flirting with disaster and the prospects of civil war, like Kyrgyzstan.

India and China Battle over Sri Lanka

Jun 20, 2010 at 21:17 | Harsh Pant

With the LTTE out of the picture and Sri Lanka growing stronger, India struggles to maintain its relevance in the strategically crucial Indian Ocean nation. But so far, China is…

Moscow Reluctant to Act in Kyrgyzstan Crisis

Jun 19, 2010 at 09:09 | ISN Security Watch

A crisis erupts in a former Soviet state and Russia calls for a multilateral response. Is the Kyrgyz crisis the shape of things to come? Russia has long tried to…

The Growing Nuclear Rivalry in Asia

Jun 18, 2010 at 09:04 | Frank O'Donnell

As China and India enter new stages in nuclear arsenal development, including ICBM capabilities and plans for a nuclear-armed submarine fleet, strategic dialogue is needed to reduce the risk of…

Behind and Beyond The Sinking of The Cheonan

Jun 17, 2010 at 19:34 | OSINT Group

INCIDENT: Thousands rallied in Seoul in early June to protest perceived North Korean threats against their country after the severing of bilateral relations following the sinking of a South Korea…

Deepening Troubles in Kyrgyzstan

Jun 17, 2010 at 08:44 | ISN Security Watch

Not only is southern Kyrgyzstan experiencing a refugee crisis, the region is facing a humanitarian disaster brought on by deepening shortages of food and medical supplies. The normal supply chains…

Oil Found in the Falklands – How will this Affect UK & Argentinean Relations?

Jun 16, 2010 at 13:52 | Peter C. Glover

Two hundred million barrels of oil is a drop in the ocean compared to the reservoir that produced the voluminous gusher of BP’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill. It is…

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